by Katy Barley
From breathtaking hikes to picturesque boat trips, we’ve discovered the top things to do in Abersoch.
With golden sandy beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters, and stunning scenery, Abersoch is a popular holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled morning riding the waves or a relaxing spa afternoon, Abersoch has it all.
Keep reading to find out our favourite things to do in Abersoch …
Abersoch’s large, sheltered sandy beach is one of the best beaches on the Llyn Peninsula. The Blue Flag beach is well known for its sailing and watersports as well as the colourful beach huts that line the coast. Beach huts can be rented by the day or week and provide the ideal base for a family beach day.
Abersoch is a popular tourist destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many fantastic coastal walks in the area. One of our favourite walks is the Abersoch to Machroes section of the Wales Coast Path.
The coastal path is family-friendly, with a beach cafe waiting for you in the quaint hamlet of Machroes. The walk should only take an hour and depending on the tide, you can return along the golden sandy beach.
St Tudwal’s East and West are two small islands off Abersoch’s main beach. Saint Tudwal’s Island East is famous for its seal population and wildlife, whilst St Tudwal’s Island West was bought by Bear Grylls, a famous adventurer.
Enjoy the fresh sea air as you cruise from Abersoch to St Tudwal East on a small tourist boat. It is believed that the island is the original hermitage of St. Tudwal and contains the remains of a priory.
Porth Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth as it is more commonly known, is a popular spot for surfing enthusiasts near and far. Over 4 miles of unbroken shoreline make Hell’s Mouth the ideal spot for surfing. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Experience the Welsh seashore with these watersports in North Wales.
If you’d rather watch from the shore than take to the surf, then Porth Neigwl is also a popular spot for families. With picture-perfect views and miles of golden sand, it’s the ideal place to enjoy a family picnic or romantic stroll. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for porpoises or Bottlenose dolphins!
Located on the beautiful Cilan Headland, The Cilan Riding Centre is just a couple of miles outside of Abersoch. Experienced and novice riders alike are welcome, as all rides are escorted, allowing you to relax and take in the panoramic views of Hell’s Mouth Bay, Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia National Park.
Are you looking for things to do in Abersoch on a rainy day? You’re in luck! From afternoon teas to National Trust properties, Abersoch is a great place to explore whatever the weather.
During a rainy day in Abersoch or on a chilly winter’s day, a visit to Petal-á-Pot Cafe is a must. The family-run cafe and garden centre is well known for its traditional afternoon teas and Celebration Cakes. After strolling around the garden centre, why not treat yourself to a hot chocolate and relax in front of the cosy fire.
Just a short drive from Abersoch you’ll find the Stately homes and gardens of Plas yn Rhiw. A much loved National Trust property in North Wales, Plas yn Rhiw is a delightful manor house and ornamental gardens. The views alone are well worth the visit – with breathtaking panoramas of Cardigan Bay and beyond.
If you’re after a bit of relaxation, then there’s nowhere better than The Warren Spa in Abersoch. Sit back and feel your worries drift away as you enjoy a soothing facial or treat yourself to a back massage after a day hiking along the Llyn Peninsula coast.
Looking for some attractions near Abersoch that are just a short drive away? Here are some of our favourite things to do near Abersoch …
Soar through the air at 100 mph whilst enjoying breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park. This is a truly unique experience and not one for the faint-hearted. Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world, takes you on a 1.5km journey over Penrhyn Quarry.
Not a huge fan of heights? Then don’t worry – you can watch your friends and family soar sky-high from the comfort of the Blondin Restaurant. Or why not try out the Quarry Karts or take a tour of Penrhyn Quarry.
North Wales is home to many impressive castles, including the dramatic fortresses of Caernarfon, Criccieth, Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy. These major castles were all built by King Edward I, who spent a lot of money ensuring he held his new land in Wales. Edward’s architects favoured a concentric model, designed for offensive operations rather than just a defensive stronghold.
The castles at Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech are some of the most well-preserved medieval monuments in the UK and together became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Spend time walking the walls of Conwy Castle, climbing the towers of Harlech Castle or marvelling at the architecture of Beaumaris Castle. A must for history buffs visiting Abersoch!
Another popular attraction near Abersoch is the Llanfair Slate Caverns. Located just an hour’s drive away from Abersoch, the caverns are well worth the visit. A wonderful family adventure; delve into the depth of the mountains on this self-guided tour.
The Llanfair Slate Caverns were all man-made over 100 years ago with only candles to light the way. Grab your torches and descend Jacob’s ladder, explore tunnels and chambers and make your way to the lofty cathedral cavern. The slate found in this mine is among the oldest in the world. As you emerge from the caverns, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Cardigan Bay.
There are so many amazing places to discover in North Wales. Here are a few of our favourite places near Abersoch…
Ynys Enlli or Bardsey Island is situated just 2 miles from the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. With its abundance of wildlife, Bardsey Island is a must-see when visiting Abersoch and one of our favourite islands in North Wales.
Enjoy a day trip to the remarkable island and hop on a boat from either Porth Meudwy or Pwllheli. Make the most out of the bird observatory and spend some time exploring the lighthouse. The island is also home to a colony of seals; a great day out for the whole family.
Step into the enchanting Italianate village of Portmeirion, just a 45-minute drive from Abersoch. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early 20th century, the village is home to Riviera-inspired houses, ornamental gardens and breathtaking scenery.
Portmeirion is open daily and provides a magical experience for the whole family. Spend time exploring the colourful buildings, marvelling at the unique architecture and playful piazza. Located on a private peninsula, the village overlooks the wonderful coastal scenery of North Wales, with the dramatic Snowdonia mountains as a backdrop.
A mountain that needs no introduction, Mount Snowdon is a mighty peak situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. As the highest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon is a recognisable landmark, standing tall over the village of Llanberis.
There are six popular walking routes up Snowdon, all offering a different perspective of this mighty mountain. If you’d like to stand on top of the highest peak in Wales, without the strenuous climb – then the Snowdon Mountain Railway is for you. Enjoy an unforgettable journey as you travel one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.
Once voted as one of the top ten beach bars in the world, Ty Coch is a must-visit attraction near Abersoch. With beautiful coastal views of the Irish Sea and a sandy beach just outside its front door, it’s easy to understand why.
This popular tavern can only be accessed by foot, adding to its charm. The pub is situated along the All Wales Coast Path, creating the ideal spot to relax and refuel after a day exploring the coast on foot.
There are plenty of things to do in Abersoch and we hope this list has inspired you to visit this sought-after holiday destination. Take a look at our range of Abersoch accommodation and enjoy a well-deserved break on the Llyn Peninsula.
Image Credits: Robin Drayton, Jeff Buck, John Firth Charles Leventon Dawn Imagination Stables II (CC BY-SA 2.0) Mike Hudson (CC BY-SA 3.0) timfilbert (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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Hi, I'm Katy and I joined the Marketing team in February 2020.
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